San Francisco, CA

Associate Director, Buildings and Industry, ClimateWorks Foundation

The Organization

ClimateWorks Foundation is a groundbreaking nonprofit organization working in partnership with a global network of philanthropic donors and investors who are committed to building a low carbon-society. Climate change is an urgent global challenge that requires the immediate, widespread, and continued adoption of effective climate, energy, and land use policies. ClimateWorks develops strategies, awards grants, and mobilizes philanthropy globally to address climate change by advancing public policy, inspiring the private sector, and strengthening public support for a low-carbon future. Founded in 2008, ClimateWorks and its partners support policies in the geographic regions and economic sectors that have the greatest potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

To marshal the talent and capacity required to support sophisticated donors and tackle one of the world’s toughest challenges, ClimateWorks collaborates closely with a global network of partners, including regional grant-making institutions operating in China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Latin America, and the United States. Together, they help direct philanthropic resources to a portfolio of strategies that result in real-world outcomes and offer gigatonne-scale reductions of the pollutants that drive climate change. ClimateWorks supports public policies that prevent dangerous climate change and promote global prosperity.

Transitioning to a low-carbon society becomes more urgent with each passing day. To meet this challenge, ClimateWorks is dedicated to serving the field and attracting additional philanthropic resources. ClimateWorks believes that more resources, coupled with better coordination, will hasten society’s transition to a low-carbon future. ClimateWorks and its partners embrace this challenge in pursuit of a shared vision: a safe climate system, affordable clean energy, thriving economies, clean air and water, and healthy forests and ecosystems.

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Position Overview

About the Buildings and Industry Portfolio

ClimateWorks’ Buildings and Industry Portfolio promotes clean and efficient energy in these sectors utilizing a range of strategies to advance public policy, engage the private sector, and inform consumers about the benefits of clean, efficient energy. The portfolio has achieved a high level of success allowing it to expand from it’s original energy efficiency focus to also include zero-carbon buildings, breakthroughs in energy productivity (i.e. fuel switching, storage, and clean power), sustainable supply chains and concepts of the circular economy such as dematerialization, product substitution and the sharing economy. For more information about the Buildings and Industry Portfolio, please see

Associate Director, Buildings and Industry

ClimateWorks is looking for an Associate Director for its Buildings and Industry Portfolio, to provide strategic advice and day-to-day management of a range of exciting initiatives, both global and regional, covering decarbonization in buildings and industry. The portfolio works with various foundations and supports multiple grants for work based in the United States, China, India, Europe, and Brazil, as well as grants with a global scope. The major focus of the portfolio is on policy change and/or engaging business leadership to implement strategies, which will benefit both the economy and society.

The Associate Director, Buildings and Industry will consult with a wide range of global experts, partners, and collaborators to identify areas of focus, investigate and analyze appropriate options, and objectively evaluate the development and execution of decarbonization strategies. A receptive, open-minded individual, s/he must have the experience, the credibility, and the practical business sense to ensure high-quality, relevant thinking and outputs supported by data, and be able to present convincing analyses and strategies to funders, collaborators, and other stakeholders. The ability to effectively interact at the highest levels with government officials, policy makers, and the business community, is of great importance.

The successful candidate will have relevant domain knowledge and exceptional strategic, collaboration, and communication skills. S/he will have an entrepreneurial spirit, a hands-on, team-oriented approach, and a true passion for promoting energy efficiency strategies that measurably influence outcomes on a global basis. The Associate Director will report directly to the Director, Buildings and Industry/Executive Director, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, and will manage two direct reports.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Associate Director, Buildings and Industry will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Develop, implement, and oversee the day-to-day needs for the program’s portfolio of strategies and grants.
  • Represent ClimateWorks globally by actively attending appropriate meetings or workshops to establish and cultivate productive relationships with internal and external sector experts, partners, policy-makers, and funders.
  • Work in deep collaboration with the funding partners to constructively explore, develop, fund and implement decarbonization strategies which challenge conventional wisdom
  • Articulate strong, clear, and innovative decarbonization solutions to the buildings and industry sectors on a global basis.
  • Provide appropriate support to relevant funders and funder groups.
  • Develop credible and compelling investment recommendations, including which organizations to fund, on a global basis.
  • Manage a variety of projects contributing to strategy, budgeting, planning, reporting, performance management, and grants.
  • Work on short term and ongoing projects with a variety of teams internally (i.e. the Programs, Communications, External Affairs, and Research and Finance teams), as well as externally, strategically utilizing its partner foundations.
  • Administer grants, and manage grantee relationships as needed.


The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • 10+ years’ experience in a relevant field
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; advanced degree is preferred
  • Substantial knowledge of buildings and industry issues, spanning some or all of Brazil, China, Europe, India, and the United States, as well as a solid global perspective of other nation’s building and industry sectors
  • Knowledge of, and experience working with, relevant, international stakeholder communities – experts, policy makers, funders, etc.
  • Demonstrated strategic use of relationship networks and building effective coalitions to move an agenda forward
  • Intellectually agile – thinks across disciplines, cultures, and scenarios and can conceptualize both problems and solutions
  • A global outlook and the sensibility to empathize with, and adjust to, different cultures
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain strong productive relationships across different constituencies
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills, with ability to make arguments in a clear and compelling manner, exudes passion and energy, and motivates others to pursue a common objective
  • Ability to generate innovative strategies and/or approaches to address and persuade constituencies with varying interests and objectives
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently, including, at a minimum, annual visits to China, India, Brazil, Europe, as well as various locations within the United States as needed

Compensation and Location

This position is initially funded for a period of two years with the possibility of an extension, pending the assessment of our organizational needs.

ClimateWorks Foundation is committed to the philosophy that employment relations are both personal and voluntary. In accordance with this philosophy, ClimateWorks Foundation’s relationship with our employees is an “at will” employment relationship. This means that while the funding for this position is for a period of two years, your employment with ClimateWorks Foundation does not have a specified term.

ClimateWorks offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position based in San Francisco, CA with frequent travel as described above. No other locations or telecommuting arrangements will be considered.

How To Apply

CEA Recruiting is assisting ClimateWorks with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through CEA’s job portal. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CEA Recruiting. This position will remain open until filled.

ClimateWorks is an equal opportunity employer.

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